Volleyball ends season with win

Engineers enter NEWMAC Tournament as 4th seed, finish regular season 20-13

In the regular-season finale of women’s volleyball on Saturday, MIT fell to NEWMAC rival the U.S. Coast Guard Academy before sweeping Johnson & Wales University in a non-conference tilt.

The Engineers reached the 20-win mark for the 15th consecutive season as their overall record moved to 20-13. Throughout the program’s history, MIT has registered double-digit win totals in 33 out of 35 seasons.

U.S. Coast Guard Academy defeats MIT, 3-2 (21-25, 25-22, 25-19, 21-25, 15-8)

Jennifer Li ’11 led MIT (20-13, 6-3 NEWMAC) with a match-high 18 kills to go along with six digs. Cecily L. Joujon-Roche ’12 and Kelly E. Schulte ’12 both posted 12 kills and two blocks while Joujon-Roche added six digs and three aces. Trinity P. Leonard ’13 notched 11 digs and four kills as Kristine A. Bunker ’14 contributed four blocks and four kills. Katie K. Spielbauer ’13 amassed 31 digs and three aces while Natasha H. Jensen ’12 bolstered the defense with 10 digs. Sharon S. Hao ’14 dished out 45 assists as Tatiana Berger ’14 chipped in six digs and four kills.

MIT defeats Johnson & Wales University, 3-0 (25-17, 25-14, 25-21)

Leonard posted 11 kills, nine digs, and two blocks while Schulte contributed seven kills and three blocks for MIT. Joujon-Roche contributed five kills and two aces as Rachel A. Hunt ’14 and Emma S. Gargus ’14 both added four kills. Bunker registered three blocks while Spielbauer collected 11 digs. Hao and Alyssa L. Rothman ’13 shared setting duties, finishing with 20 and seven assists, respectively.

The squad enters postseason play next week. MIT, seeded No. 4 in the NEWMAC Championship Tournament, will host WPI in a quarterfinal match on Tuesday, Nov. 2.